The Capsule Wardrobe Based on USA’s Suits

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In my last post I talked about one of my favorite fashion and lifestyle books- Lessons from Madame Chic, and how that book inspired me to really edit my wardrobe down to a few key flattering pieces. Now I completely subscribe to the idea that less is more, and having a capsule wardrobe of nice pieces can simplify your life and help you make better fashion choices.

I’ve been watching the new episodes of Suits and I promised one of my readers a post about how to dress like Jessica and Donna (check out the post on how to dress like Rachel here.) Jessica and Donna both have amazing wardrobes and favor flattering sheath dresses with strong details. Jessica also wears skirt suits with dramatic details like plunging backs, ruching, and peplum silhouettes. But in the spirit of my new wardrobe philosophy, I thought it would be fun to put together a capsule wardrobe based on Suits style. This capsule wardrobe of simple and pretty pieces lets you mix and match to come up with classic looks for the office. This is perfect for someone who works in a business environment and needs a more formal capsule wardrobe for work. I didn’t include any pants because Jessica and Donna love dresses and skirts, but you could easily add or substitute pants in neutral colors. Click on the pictures to shop.

The Capsule Wardrobe

  • 2-3 sheath dresses
  • grey pencil skirt
  • tan pencil skirt
  • black pencil skirt
  • 2-3 blouses
  • white button down shirt
  • 2 blazers that match the pencil skirts
  • 2 sweaters

The Sheath Dresses

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Donna is mostly featured in sheath dresses and both she and Jessica wear dresses that are very feminine and figure flattering. A fitted sheath like the three above shows off your curves while still remaining work appropriate. Just make sure you choose the right size so that you your dress is flattering but not tight.  Neutrals like the first two above are great for a capsule wardrobe because they make it easy to switch things up with jewelry, belts, and blazers. But also go for a fun, flattering print like the print on the third dress. A bonus is that these dresses also transition from work to happy hour well- just switch out your classic pumps for a more daring heel, add lipstick and a clutch.

The pencil skirt

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Pencil skirts are a feminine work staple that you see a lot of on Suits. Choosing skirts in neutral shades like black, tan, and gray makes it easy to mix and match with your blouses and sweaters. The above skirts look great on their own with a blouse or pair well with suit blazers for a full skirt suit look.

The Blouses

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A soft feminine blouse pairs well with a structured pant or pencil skirt. Choosing a blouse in a bold shade, a soft neutral, and a print gives you lots of mix and match options.

The Button Down Shirt

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The white button down should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a white button down and a skirt or pants because the look is timeless and effortless. A white button down also layers well. Because you’ll get so much wear out of this item, really go for quality.

The Blazers

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Achieve Jessica’s powerful suit looks while maintaining the versatility of a capsule wardrobe by choosing blazers in neutrals that can be paired with your pencil skirts.

The Sweaters

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The women on Suits don’t just stick to traditional blouses. You’ll also see Rachel pairing her pencil skirts with lightweight v-neck sweaters. This is a great look for a capsule wardrobe because you can also use these sweaters for casual looks. Rich colors like royal blue and green, as well as soft pastels look great with neutrals.

The Extras

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According to Madame Chic, shoes, accessories, and jackets are “extras” outside of your capsule wardrobe. If you want to achieve Donna and Jessica’s style, you’ll need to invest in a great pair of classic pumps. Black leather and neutral patent leather heels are versatile staples.

The women on Suits also favor delicate jewelry but occasionally you’ll see Jessica in a chunky statement necklace like the pearl necklace above. A structured bag is perfect for the office. Go for cool details or a pop of color to add interest and polish to your ensemble.

If you want to add extra jackets and blazers, channel Jessica and go for fun details like a peplum silhouette.

Keep up with Suits and let me know what you think of the fashion 🙂

Until Next Post,

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